Violent crime dropped in the first half of 2013 in San Diego and most other big cities in San Diego County, but property crime rose almost everywhere, the FBI reported.

The FBI's San Diego office in Sorrento Valley. Photo courtesy FBI.
The FBI’s San Diego office in Sorrento Valley. Photo courtesy FBI.

The report is based on information from 12,723 law enforcement agencies nationwide under the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting program.

The FBI said the decrease in the violent crimes in San Diego was due to fewer aggravated assaults, robberies, rapes, and murders. The increase in the property crime rate was due to a rise in burglaries and larceny thefts.

In Chula Vista, the county’s second largest city, violent crimes  increased 5 percent, and the property crime rate increased 9.8 percent.

Here is the FBI data for major cities in San Diego County:

CityViolent CrimeProperty CrimeViolent Crimes per 1,000 PeopleProperty Crimes per 1,000 People
San Diego-7.5%+3.15%1.8811.78
Chula Vista+5%+9.8%1.1910.68
El Cajon-13%+10.42%1.5914.15

Nationally, violent crime decreased in each of the nation’s four regions. The largest decrease, 7.4 percent, was in the Midwest, followed by 5.9 percent in the South, 4.3 percent in the Northeast, and 3.7 percent in the West. All four regions also reported decreases in property crime.

— From a press release from the FBI

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.